To assist the government of Ghana in its goal to scale up clean cookstoves to 50 percent of the population by 2020, Alliance partner World Education trained community-based peer educators around Accra on the benefits of clean cooking. The 30 trainers will now help educate their peers about the hazards of traditional cooking methods and the benefits of switching to cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels.
The three-day workshop drew participants—mostly women—from the Ga West District in the Greater Accra Region. They were trained using a structured manual with practical sessions in community entry, peer education, clean cookstoves usage, and its effect on the environment, climate, forests, and people’s health.
The training was part of World Education’s Integrated School Project on Clean Cooking Energy (INSPOCCE) project, supported by the Alliance.
The workshop was a follow-up to one held for school-based child peer educators, which enables children in basic schools to educate their peers and parents on clean cooking. During the first year of the pilot project, more than 60 peer educators and 20 teachers participated in the training, and more than 540 students from the two pilot schools and 3,580 community members were reached through radio, information vans, tech fairs, and community sensitization activities.